Houston Herald

November 2019
A publication of
Houston Baptist Association
Reaching Our World For Christ
From Your Associational Mission Strategist
“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I believe Scripture substantiates the fact that God expects us to thank Him for His blessings in our lives. We see this particularly in the passage in Luke 15:15-17 when one lone ex-leper returned to thank Jesus: "One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine?"

God not only deserves our thanks, but I believe He also desires it. He wants us to be grateful for His goodness rather than just take it all for granted. How many times during this past year did we re-count our blessings and thank God for everything He’s done for us? As we prepare to have Thanksgiving this month, let us understand that God doesn’t want our thanksgiving to be limited to one Thursday in November. God wants us to continually thank Him. He wants us to live a life of thankfulness.

Look what Paul has to say about it all: "give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." (I Th 5:18). In Ephesians 5:19-20, he says: "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." In Philippians 4:4, he writes: "Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!"

Paul made it clear that our giving of thanks is to be continual not contingent; it is to be ongoing in spiteof our circumstances, not just when everything is going well. Even though he faced some very devastating circumstances, Paul was able to maintain an attitude of gratitude because he held onto a proper perspective of both God and His circumstances. He knew that God was good all the time and consequently, he knew that a good God would only allow circumstances that would ultimately result in something good.

I am thankful everyday especially for my salvation and my family. I also want you to know that I am thankful everyday for the Pastors and our churches in our Association and the privilege I have to serve you! I pray each of you are blessed richly during this season and every day that you serve our Lord!

Bro. Gary


Unadilla First Baptist Church will have special guest Jeff Cleghorn - Music Evangelist Sunday, November 24 at 6:30pm. Love offering will be taken.

Northern Heights Church will have a special next generation service “Raising Arrows” on Sunday November 3 at 11:00 am featuring all children and youth. The church will also have its annual fall festival Sunday November 3 beginning at 2:00 pm.

Penia Church will have Fall Festival Saturday November 2, 3:00-6:00 PM.

Please pray for

■Asssociational Missionary Gary Leutzinger
■ Tom Teate
■Church planters Drew and Shannon Cunningham, Santa Cruz Area, California
■Pregnancy Care Center–Crisp, Dooly, Wilcox
■Lost and unchurched people
■Revival in HBA churches
■Unity in our churches and unity among our churches
■Churches without pastors
■TV ministries of Cordele First, and Pinecrest churches 
■Our schools, teachers and students
■Annual Meeting
■All the events and activities mentioned in this newsletter

Church positions available

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2019 Georgia Baptist Convention Annual Meeting Fayetteville
November 10 - November 12

The 2019 GBC Annual Meeting is a yearly event to conduct the business of the Georgia Baptist Convention in accordance with the Constitution and By-Laws of the Convention. In addition, the Annual Meeting serves to provide inspiration for messengers from the member churches of the Convention as well as provide opportunities for networking among the member church representatives. It provides the opportunity for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board staff to increase the awareness of the ministries and resources available to the churches of the Georgia Baptist Convention.
coming up

Houston Baptist Association events are printed in bold. HBC is an abbreviation for Houston Baptist Center.

Tuesdays Men’s Prayer
Breakfast, 8:00 am, HBC

November 3 Orphans and Widows Sunday

November 10 Disaster Relief Appreciation  Day

November 11 Veteran’s Day

November 9 Minister’s Wives Fellowship, 10:00 AM, Cordele Cracker Barrel.

November 13 Ministers Meeting with Guest Speaker Nathan Russell from the GA Baptist Foundation, 10:30 AM, HBC

November 19 Associational WMU Roundtable 6:30 PM, Northern Heights

November 27-29 HBC Office Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Blood Drives
Cordele Community Clubhouse
 Tuesday, November 12, 2019
 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

What to do with all those old Sunday School books?  

Don’t throw them away–bring them to HBC

Bring your old SS literature to Houston Baptist Center. Chad Harris will take it to a Edwin L. Hodges Ministries collection site to send overseas. ELHM is a Christian literature ministry that collects donated Bibles, books, magazines, tapes, and tracts from American Christians and ships them to Bible schools, churches, missionaries, and ministries overseas. ELHM is a non-denominational, nonprofit, evangelical ministry.
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